(7/22) DakhaBrakha

Saturday, July 22, at 8PM

Last at The Centre in 2014, this self-proclaimed “ethno-chaos” quartet from Kiev reshapes traditional Ukrainian music, creating hypnotic textures that meld soulful folk and ritual songs with African, Indian, Arabic, and Australian traditional instrumentation and rhythms. These trans-national sounds are further mixed with R&B and pop-punk influences to create uniquely unexpected and inspiring new music that is intimate, then riotous, and always truly unforgettable.

Tickets are $27 ($30 day of); $24 Member ($27); $11 Under 19. Concertgoers are advised to purchase tickets in advance, as the show may sell out at the door. Online tickets are available until 8PM on Friday, July 21. The ticket booth opens at 7PM on Saturday, July 22; doors open at 7:30.

This is an indoor concert; however, feel free to bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy in our bucolic valley before the show.

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 as the house band for Kiev’s DAKH Center of Contemporary Art’s experimental theater company; their performances have always included a strong dramatic element, including–but not limited to–their distinctive towering lamb’s wool hats. The four musicians–Nina Garenetska, Olena Tsibulska, Iryna Kovalenko and Marko Halanevych–have a powerful and uncompromising vocal range and play a variety of instruments, including cello, piano, bass, assorted drums, accordions, mouth harp, and didgeridoo.

DakhaBrakha, which means “give/take” in Old Ukrainian, draws on a repertoire of songs that the band’s three female performers–all of whom trained in folklore and ethnomusicology–have spent years researching in rural Ukrainian villages. Marko grew up steeped in village life and draws on his rural upbringing for creative inspiration. Traditional Ukrainian music is distinguished by complex polyphonic singing with tight interlocking lines, long and philosophical epics, humorous ditties, and raucous dance tunes. DakhaBrakha’s thoroughly contemporary compositions represent such a departure from the original Eastern European melodies and styles that their sound can seem as unfamiliar (and intriguing) to native Ukrainians as it can for American listeners.

The group is attracting an increasing amount of international attention and has taken part in major international festivals throughout the world, including globalFEST and Bonnaroo, with Rolling Stone singling out the band as the Tennessee festival’s “best breakout” in 2014. With one foot in the urban avant-garde theater scene and another in Ukrainian village life, DakhaBrakha shows the full fury and sensuality of some of Eastern Europe’s most breathtaking folklore.